Yoga Class

Class Schedule for April 2014

UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED, ALL OF OUR CLASSES ARE OFFERED FOR A SUGGESTED DONATION OF $12

Monday  

9.00 – 10.15 am – Vinyasa – Greg

10.30 am – 12.00 pm – Ashtanga Style Yoga – Amy

12.00 – 1.00 pm – Vinyasa – Dagmar

1.30 – 2.30 pm – Yoga for Beginners – Brigitte

4.15 – 5.15 pm – Kids Yoga ages 5-12 – Mecquel (loft)

4.30 – 5.45 pm – Vinyasa – Greg

6.00 – 7.15 pm – Vinyasa  – Greg

6.00 – 7.00 pm – Yoga for Beginners (4 Week Session, $50)  - Brigitte (loft) – preregistration is required for this course. THIS SERIES IS FULL. Please stay tuned for dates for the next Beginners Series

7.45 – 9.00 pm – Hot Yoga Vinyasa Free Flow -Samuel

Tuesday  

9.00-10.15 am – Vinyasa  – Gemma

10.45 -11.45 am – Mommy & Me Yoga (ages 6 weeks to 3 years – Dads Welcome, Too) -Nina $14/family

12.00 -1.00 pm – Lunchtime Vinyasa

12.15 – 1.15 pm – Alignment-Based Yoga – Susan (loft)  $10

4.30 -5.45 pm – Vinyasa- Heather

5.45-7.00  pm – Prenatal Yoga -Ryah  (loft) $15

6.00 -7.15 pm- Vinyasa – Heather

7.30-8.45 pm on 5/6 – Gratitude Book Club – Gemma  ( We will discuss The Power of  Now by Eckhart Tolle, copies available at the studio)   All are welcome.  Suggested donation $5

7.45 – 9.00 pm – Foundations of Vinyasa – Elizabeth $12

Wednesday: 

9.00 – 10.15 am – Kali Yoga – Mecquel, $15 ($10 for students)

10.30 am – 12.00 pm – Ashtanga Style Yoga – Samuel

12.00 – 1.00 pm – Lunchtime Vinyasa – Gemma

1.30 – 2.30 pm – Yoga for Women 50+ (Beginner/Intermediate Level)- Brigitte

4.30 – 5.45 pm -  Vinyasa – Greg

4.30 – 5.30 pm – Yoga for Middle School Students – Stefanie (6 week series meets 3/26-4/30, $70 for 6 week series)

6.00 – 7.15 pm – Vinyasa – Gemma

7.30 – 8.45 pm – Gratitude Gita – Bhagavad Gita Study with Vineet Chander  (meets every Wed. evening).  All are welcome, suggested donation $5

7.45 – 9.00 pm – Hot Yoga Vinyasa Free Flow – Samuel

Thursday

9.00-10.30 am – Vinyasa – Gemma

10.30-11.45 am – Kundalini Yoga & Meditation – Nina

12.00 -1.00 pm – Lunchtime Vinyasa – Gemma

12.00 -1.30 pm – Kali Yoga – Mecquel (loft) $15, $10 students

4.30-5.45 pm – Vinyasa – Elizabeth $10

6.00 – 7.15 pm – Vinyasa – Elizabeth

7.30 – 9.00 pm – Chinese Martial Arts Style Strength Training – Ato $14

Friday 

9.00 – 10.15 am – Gentle Vinyasa – Gemma

10.30 am – 12.00 pm – Ashtanga Style Yoga – Samuel

12.00 – 1.00 pm – Lunchtime Vinyasa – Gemma

4.30 – 5.45 pm – Vinyasa – Greg

6.00 -7.15 pm – Vinyasa – Gemma

7.45 – 9.00 pm – Hot Yoga Vinyasa Free Flow –  Samuel

Saturday

8.00 – 9.15 am – Vinyasa – Gemma

9.15 – 12.30 am on 4/19 – Make Lunches for TASK (Trenton Area Soup Kitchen) (at Gratitude Yoga after our 8 am and 10 am Vinyasa classes)

10.00 -11.15 am – Vinyasa – Gemma

10.00 – 11.15 am – Prenatal Yoga – Nina $12 *NOTE: no class on 5/3

11.30 – 12.30 pm – Kundalini Yoga and Meditation – Mikhail (loft) *NOTE: Elyssa will teach this class on 5/3

12.00 – 1.15 pm on 5/17 – Yoga in the Garden at the Morven Museum & Gardens – Gemma (FREE)

12.00 – 6.00 pm  on 4/26 – Reiki Level I Training and Attunement – Julian $150 (preregistration required)

12.00 – 6.00 pm on 5/31 – Reiki Level II Training and Attunement – Julian $150 (Reiki I is a prerequisite, preregistration required)

2.00 -4.00 pm on 5/24 – Afro Flow Yoga with Leslie Salmon Jones $25 (preregistration required)

4.00 – 5.30 pm on 5/17- Candlelight Yin Yoga – Gemma $15 (space is limited, preregistration is recommended).

Sunday:

PLEASE NOTE: many streets will be closed to traffic and parking on 4/27 for Communiversity.  All of our classes are on as regularly scheduled, but you may want to allow extra time to get to the studio that day.

8.00 – 9.15 am – Vinyasa – Gemma

10.00 – 11.15 am – Vinyasa  – Gemma

4.00 – 5.15 pm – Vinyasa – Elizabeth

5,30 – 6.45 pm – Vinyasa – Dagmar

7.00 – 8.15 pm – Gratitude Yoga Community Meditation – Mikhail * NOTE: Samuel will lead this meditation on 5/4

What to Bring to Class:

We recommend that you wear comfortable clothes that allow freedom of movement and bring a yoga mat, a water bottle, and a towel to class.  We also have mats to borrow and water to purchase at the studio.

Private and Semi-Private Sessions:

Private one-on-one or small group sessions are a wonderful way to begin or deepen your yoga practice in a more intimate, individually focused setting. The fee for private sessions ranges from $90-$120.

ONGOING CLASSES:

Alignment-Based Yoga:

This class teaches the alignment and actions of the mind and body that help us understand why we do the poses, and to do them with an increasing sense of ease, strength, and well-being. The pace of the class is slow, poses are held for longer periods, and props are used to help teach the shapes and sensations of the poses. It is a lifetime’s study, but even a one-hour session can do a lot for us.

Ashtanga Style Yoga:

In this Ashtanga Style Yoga class we will concentrate on the Breath, Core Contraction, and Soft Gazing. Using Ujjayi Pranayama (deep rhythmic breathing through the nose), you generate intense internal heat which removes toxins and purifies the internal organs. Yoga is accomplished, according to Sri Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, through Asana (poses), Pranayama (breath control), and Kundalini Meditation. All three of these practices will be applied simultaneously using the traditional Hatha Yoga poses taught by T. Krishnamacharya known as the Primary, Intermediate, and Advanced forms of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Every class ends with a deep journey through sound. Using the vibrational energy of the Himalayan and Crystal singing bowls you will relax and enter into the complete state of Shivasana (the earthbound body pose).

Candlelight Yin Yoga with Aromatherapy:

Yin Yoga is a wonderful complementary practice to other styles of yoga like Vinyasa, Hatha and Ashtanga. All of these practices help us begin to strip away the layers of stress our bodies hold from the daily pressures of living in this fast-paced, stimulating, and multi-tasking culture. Just as more active yoga practices help build strength and flexibility in the muscles, Yin Yoga helps build strength and flexibility in the body’s connective tissue through gentle, long-held postures. It is a healing, rejuvenating and restorative practice also well-suited for athletes to aid recovery from the rigors of their sport. This class, conducted in a candlelit room, includes gentle Yin poses, which are held for several minutes to give the muscles and connective tissue time to release tension, as well as more energetic Yang poses to keep the energy flowing. It is a non-rigorous, meditative practice that allows us to explore and connect with inner stillness and quietude; it is intended to help relieve not only the physical, but also the energetic, mental and emotional effects of our everyday stresses.  The practice is complemented by the use of therapeutic essential oils.  Our Candlelight Yin Yoga classes are currently offered on a monthly basis, on Saturday afternoons from 4.00-5.30 pm.  Please check our Events page for information about upcoming Candlelight Yin Yoga classes.

Chinese Martial Arts Strength Training:

This strength training class is a fusion of eastern and western fitness regimens designed to change the body from the inside out. Originally developed as a physical conditioning program for the advanced martial arts, the program build sthe strength, coordination, stamina and flexibility required for demanding physical exercise. Using a combination of isometric and aerobic body movements to tone and condition the body, the class combines both aerobic and anaerobic exercises to create a workout that strengthens the body’s cardiovascular system, core muscles and tendons while gradually toning the skin and superficial muscles. Since it requires very little space, no weights or equipment and it’s fun, once you learn the principles and practice you can take it with you anywhere and practice your entire life.

Foundations of Vinyasa:

This class presents the fundamentals of Vinyasa yoga with particular attention on the alignment in each posture and the practice of uniting breath and movement throughout the series of poses. Brand new beginners as well as more experienced yoga practitioners will benefit from this thoughtful approach to Vinyasa. With plenty of individual attention and hands-on assists, you will feel both supported and challenged as this class prepares you to deepen your experience of yoga while preventing the risk of injury in more vigorous, faster-paced Vinyasa classes. All levels of fitness are welcome.  No prior yoga experience is required.

Free Screenings with Physical Therapist Kristin Williams:

Free injury screenings by licensed physical therapist, Kristin Williams include a 5-minute injury assessment, followed by recommendations for technique modifications, injury prevention strategies, and/or referral to a medical specialist if necessary. Kristin is a board-certified orthopedic specialist in the field, with 13 years of experience in the rehabilitation of musculoskeletal conditions of all types, including, but not limited to sports-related injuries. Please contact Kristin at kbwilliams2010@gmail.com to schedule a session.

Gentle Vinyasa:

Less rigorous than the Vinyasa Flow class, the Gentle Vinyasa Flow class moves at a more moderate pace, allowing students to focus on the breath and generate mindfulness while developing an awareness of alignment within the poses.

Gratitude Book Club:

Are you a Gratitude regular looking to supplement your yoga with a deeper intellectual or spiritual practice? Do you read books on spirituality, Buddhism or yoga philosophy and wish you had a community with which to share them? Do you just love spending time at the studio and want to meet other people who do, too? Then, please join us for a brand new monthly book group. You don’t need to have a regular yoga practice or any prior experience with Buddhism or spirituality to join us. Everyone is welcome. Our Book Group meets the first Tuesday of each month.  Sessions are led by Tey Meadow, a Gratitude regular who teaches sociology and gender studies at Princeton University. Suggested donation: $5/session

Gratitude Gita:

Revered as one of the most sacred wisdom texts of the East and widely considered a foundational treatise on yoga practice, the Bhagavad Gita brings readers to the intersection of spirituality and the human experience. Though millennia old, its refreshingly practical and comforting wisdom is as relevant today as it was in ancient times. In this weekly facilitated study of the text, we will embark on a journey through the teachings of the Gita and explore how those teachings resonate with our experiences and struggles in the here and now. We will examine a number of themes raised by the Gita, and use the Gita’s own core of Bhakti Yoga-the path of love, grace, and gratitude-as a lens through which to encounter the rest of the book. Interactive exercises, small group discussion, and opportunities to meditate and reflect on the teachings will help transform our study from the informational to the experiential.  Sessions will be facilitated by Vineet Chandler, Director of Hindu Life at Princeton University. All are welcome, no previous experience with the text is required.  Materials will be provided. Suggested donation: $5/session or $75 for all 20 sessions.

Gratitude Yoga Community Meditation:

Our weekly practice of insight meditation, also called mindfulness meditation or vipassana, meets on Sunday evenings.  Our weekly sessions will provide some basic instruction, and include periods of seated and walking meditation, selected readings, and sound therapy using Himalayan singing bowls. No prior meditation experience is necessary.  All are welcome.  For more information, please feel free to email gemma@gratitudeyoga.org, or call Gemma at 732 642 9721.

Hatha Yoga:

This multi-level class is designed to strengthen and open the body, mind, and spirit through exploration of various physical poses, meditation, breathing techniques, and self-study. Less rigorous and slower paced than Vinyasa style yoga classes, this class is appropriate for beginners as well as seasoned practitioners. Emphasis is on mindfully moving the body and breath in a way that is respectful and safe, non-judgmental, and aware.

Healthy & Fit Boot Camp:

In our early morning workouts, we stretch, push, reach, pull, jump, crunch, lunge, curl, lift, jog,row, press, hold, dip, squat, run – many of these in the same session. The group workouts are tailored so every fitness level can participate.  This month-long total body exercise program is designed to get you into great shape. The fat burning, energizing workouts along with the healthy and nutritious diet plan will give you measurable results.  For more information, please visit www.HealthyandFitBootCamp,com.

Hot Yoga Vinyasa Free Flow:

Practicing yoga in a hot environment opens the muscular/skeletal system, it stimulates the glandular system, and helps eliminate toxins to rebuild the body from old injuries. Beyond the physical implications, environmental heat acts as a powerful and tangible psychological force that compels students of all levels to overcome attachment to external distractions. This supports the practice of meditation, considered the primary vehicle for self-realization in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.  Hot yoga practice builds strength, stamina, flexibility, balance, and coordination. Hot Yoga will keep your mind focused, relieve stress, purify your blood, improve circulation and restore health and vitality to your body and soul.

Kali Yoga:

Moving beyond the mat, this class explores the intelligence of the body as it moves through space, responding to the weight of gravity, the lightness of air with the fluidity of water.  Drawing from influences of Yoga, Ideokinesis, Feldenkrais, Modern Dance, and other somatic techniques, we integrate movement re-patterning explorations to develop movement/body awareness, mobility, core strength, and fluidity.  This class will deepen our practice, and develop new movement possibilities that bring your body, mind, and spirit into alignment with joyful, honest expression.

Kundalini Yoga:

Kundalini Yoga is known as the Yoga of Awareness. It is a dynamic, powerful technology appropriate for all that is designed to trigger an experience of the unchanging Self. In each class, we use movement, sound current, breath and meditation to relax and heal your mind and body, allowing the spirit to flow freely. Kundalini Yoga brings a greater feeling of well-being and happiness – our natural birthright as humans. This powerful and effective form of Yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, Ph.D., Master of Kundalini Yoga, is a great way to recharge and heal your body quickly. How? By stimulating the nervous and immune systems, while improving strength and flexibility, as it centers the mind and opens the heart. From your very first class, you’ll reap the rewards.

Mat Pilates:

Pilates cultivates strength, balance, and mental focus. The workout engages surface and deep-lying core muscles essential for ease of movement and perfect posture. Core-isolating and total body exercises build the physical and mental power that radiates from within to move and support the body through the day or any kind of athletic activity. The class moves at a vigorous, yet controlled, pace with many suggestions for modifying or setting your own level of intensity. The workout incorporates select yoga postures and sequences performed according to Pilates principles of breathing and alignment. We finish with relaxation and short meditation. All levels will feel welcome, motivated, and challenged with care.

Mommy & Me (Dads Welcome, Too!):

The first 3 years of your child’s life are a sacred time where patterns are being established that will last a lifetime. Practices such as yoga, meditation, chanting, and spending time with a community of conscious parents will allow your children to carry that trust, love, joy and community forever within them… whatever they do and wherever they go. Bring your children (from six weeks up to 3 years old) and join other families, as you and your baby exercise, relax, dance and rejoice together!

Prenatal Yoga:

Pregnancy is one of the most special times in a woman’s life. It is a time for nurturing, slowing down and learning to meditate, while being in the company of other mothers-to-be. These unique Prenatal Yoga Classes provide safe, simple and effective exercises designed to strengthen and relax your rapidly changing body, preparing you for a conscious childbirth. Join other pregnant women as you strengthen your physical body with yoga, and bring clarity and fearlessness to your mind through meditation. Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, is the cornerstone of our Prenatal Yoga classes, which go far beyond the physical realm of mere movement. Our prenatal program helps mothers-to-be discover a deeper sense of peace and harmony within. All women at any stage in their pregnancy are welcome.

Restorative Yoga:

Restorative Yoga is a gentle practice that requires longer hold times for each pose as well as props to support individuals during the postures.  This practice offers many physical and mental health benefits and is suitable for individuals of all fitness levels.  Meditative in nature, Restorative Yoga practice instills a sense of calm and stillness which can be helpful in our sometimes stressful lives.                          

Simply Shanti Peace Meditation:

Shanti-Peace-Meditation,  the result of 33 years of research, is a unique practice that aims at self-discovery, awakening to peace and harmony.  It is free of any dogma or religion.  The simple, easy practice is highly effective in the treatment of many health issues such as depression, insomnia, and other disorders as confirmed by modern science and the results that Acharya has achieved with hundreds of students.

Vinyasa:

Our Vinyasa classes offer vigorous Vinyasa flow sequences combined with some balance poses, backbends, and deeper release stretches. The Vinyasa classes are open to all levels of yoga experience, and modifications are welcome.  Those who are new to the class are encouraged to rest or adjust the postures and the pace as necessary.  Please contact Gemma at tel. 732 642 9721 or gemma@gratitudeyoga.org for more information on particular Vinyasa classes/teachers.

Yin Yoga:

If you would like to increase flexibility this is a great class for you.  Asanas are entered with patience and control using blocks and blankets to offer support in releasing completely into the position. The room will be candlelit and the space will be supported with the sound of live Himalayan and crystal singing bowls. Class concludes with pranayama (breath work) and deep meditation.

Yoga for Beginners:

Beginning a yoga practice can be intimidating, whatever your age or physical condition.  In this class, you will find the support that you need to discover your body in new ways and move confidently into basic yoga postures.  You will also acquire the tools necessary to build a lifelong yoga practice. Geared toward beginners, the class is also suitable for students who want to refresh their practice.

Yoga for Younger Kids, ages 3-6:

In these fun and lively classes, children will learn to fly like a butterfly, roar like a lion, salute the sun or grow as tall as a tree. The classes are designed to exercise sensory and motor skills. There will be plenty of games and storytelling as well as music & dancing.

Yoga for Older Kids, ages 7-10:

Classes for this group of children aim at developing strength, flexibility, balance and coordination.  Exercises will encourage concentration, self-expression, boost self-confidence and promote calm and stability.  The class will also benefit children practicing strenuous physical activities.

Yoga for Women 50+:

Tailored specifically for 50+ women, this class moves at a gentle to moderate pace as participants become more at ease with the poses.  Poses are designed to increase flexibility, improve balance, keep the bones healthy, strengthen the body and provide a sense of  both physical and emotional stability.  Students will receive the benefits of movement without the strain